American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Through an exciting new articulation agreement between St. John's University and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NY), students at St. John's University can study at the Academy and receive credit toward their B.S. in Television and Film Studies from St. John's College of Professional Studies.

The Resources of Two Great Institutions
The agreement allows students to benefit from the academic and professional resources of two highly respected New York institutions of higher learning.

First Professional School for Acting
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) is a fully accredited two-year conservatory with campuses at 120 Madison Avenue in New York City (in a landmark building designed by legendary artchitect Stanford White) and at 1336 North La Brea Avenue in Lost Angeles (the site of the former Charlie Chaplin Studios).

Founded in 1884 to train actors for the stage, the Academy was the first school in the US to offer a professional education in the acting field. The Academy stresses practical, professional training for stage, film and television.

The program is highly structured, focused on acting, voice, speech and movement with an emphasis on self-discipline, self-discovery and above all, individuality.

Students who graduate in New York receive the Degree of Associate in Occupational Studies. Students who graduate in Los Angeles receive a Certificate of Completion or an Associate of Arts Degree in Acting.

As a group, Academy alumni have garnered a total of 72 Oscars, 205 Emmys and 58 Tony nominations. The number continues to grow each year. Notable alumni include Adrien Brody, Armand Assante, Anne Bancroft, Lauren Becall, Kim Cattrall, Danny DeVito, William Devane, Kirk Douglas, Florence Henderson, Judd Hirsch, Dennis Haysbert, Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, Jason Robards, Eric Roberts, Paul Rudd, Annabella Sciorra, French Stewart, Spencer Tracey.

New York's Leading Catholic University
Founded in 1870 by the Vincentian Fathers, St. John's University is one of America's leading Catholic institutions of higher education.

St. John’s prepares students to make a difference in the world. Through more than 100 academic programs taught by acclaimed faculty in state-of-the-art facilities, students gain the knowledge and high-tech skills to achieve their career goals and contribute to their communities.

Reflecting the University’s 136-year-old Vincentian Mission, students also experience Academic Service-Learning and other opportunities to directly help those in need.

More than 20,000 students from 43 states and 131 countries pursue associate, baccalaureate, masters, doctoral and professional degrees in St. John’s six nationally ranked schools and colleges. St. John’s has three residential campuses in Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan as well as graduate centers in Oakdale, NY, and Rome, Italy.

Contact Information


Queens and Manhattan Campuses
Office of Undergraduate Admission
St. John's University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
Tel: 1 (888) 9STJOHNS

Staten Island Campus
Office of Admission
St. John's University
300 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
Tel: (718) 390-4500

American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Jon-Michael Hernandez 
Admissions and Audition Events Coordinator 
(800) 463-8990